A little too low…

Said no one ever…

But in all seriousness, I finally got the car together enough to drive it around the city. Needless to say? Front end is too low! I love the rideheight, but the subframe is just smacking the ground on almost any little dip, and at that rate the oil pan won’t last long. I’ll raise the rideheight and upgrade to some stiffer Swift springs I think.

Not many parts have come in except for some wiring stuff and a Chasebays clutch line. Hopefully they hurry up and get my power steering kit back in stock so I can get that going! Having no power steering blows – I’m a sucker for working PS haha.

Here’s just a few pics I snapped while on the road. 

Drove the racecar to my first job:

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And it made it 20 miles north to my second job:

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And a few more:

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aaaand… **drumroll please**

MY SON WAS BORN! He came in on May 7th, and he’s perfect. It’s been a stressful 3 days so far with no sleep, but I love being a dad. My lady is one tough girl..I seriously couldn’t do what she has done the last few days. 

Anywho, more progress to come. Just waiting for parts!

S13/S14 mashup!

Small update, but my buddy finally got his S14 painted! 

Remember this car?

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He stopped by yesterday with it looking like this now. The painter was with him, and he said he’d love to paint mine as well. So we discussed a few things and I’m pretty sure I’ll be taking my car to him to get sprayed when the time comes.

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It came out great. Lots of wetsanding and buffing to come though. The color is a basic white with a green/silver pearl additive. I can’t wait to see the outcome in actual sunlight!

 

And one of both the cars for good measure.

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More wiring!

Took on another wiring project this weekend, and finally fixed my poor subharness. I got the motor 100% complete, with harness. The main harness was untouched, but for some reason the subharness was bare with barely any shielding, random crimp adapters, and fraying wires. I’m honestly surprised the thing worked! 

Here’s what it looked like when I got it:

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I ignored it while I did the swap because I’d get to it later, but I couldn’t keep looking at it. So, with an afternoons worth of work, I de-pinned every connector, cleaned up the wires, replaced the stupid connectors with proper solder, and replaced a few wires and connectors. Thank god for extra harnesses laying around!

Here’s the outcome:

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Some of the larger connections I had to use electrical tape because I didn’t have the proper size heat shrink. I ordered in some today, so I’ll replace those soon. 

Once that was done and installed, the car went on it’s maiden voyage after the subframe swap, suspension arm install and slim fan install. Went well, just needs an alignment!

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Slim fan install

Just slowly making progress with the bay now. I had slim fans installed before, but once I went from motor to motor I hadn’t ran them in some time. Now that I had a KA with a clutch fan and aluminum radiator, my car never liked getting up to temperature. So, finally got these guys installed. The fans are from Votionspeed.com, and the wire loom and heatshrink are from wirecare.com (for those of you wondering).

I bought a bunch of loom since I was planning on redoing my entire harness this coming winter, but rather than having it sit around, I’ll put it to use. The loom is heat resistant and fire resistant/non fray material so it’s safe for engine bays. I assume it’s about the same stuff Chasebays uses.

No spiffy pics, just crappy cell photos. Here’s a few

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Each fan has it’s own ground, then I soldered the power wires together, and ran it into the cabin with an inline fuse for safety. The fans are controlled by a basic two way switch.

This got me stoked for cleaning up my bay wires (which again was supposed to be a winter project), but I want to make some progress now while the weathers nice. So, I ordered up a Chasebays power steering kit, clutch line and new battery cables. I also put in another order for some more loom for other projects, so I’ll have some more writeups done soon.

Thanks for reading!

3 Year Anniversary

Well, I let the date slip from under me until I just realized it last week. I wanted to get something nice for the car since she’s been with me for 3 years now…but instead I just tore her apart haha. But either way, a lot has changed in 3 years. 

I wish I had taken more pictures as soon as I got it, but due to the rice I had it torn apart within the first day of owning it. But here’s a few before and afters.

The day I picked it up:

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And now:

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This car has given me terrible luck when it comes to giving it attention, and seems to have drained my bank account countless times. I still haven’t even really gotten the chance to let her loose, yet I still love it to death. It won’t be going anywhere any time soon!

 

Enough of the cheesy stuff, here’s a small update. Finally got my HICAS and ABS 100% removed, all suspension arms and bushings installed! I just need to get around to bleeding the brakes and take it to get an alignment.

Here’s some of the junk I removed. Doesn’t include the ABS module, hicas pump and bay lines.

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And the new setup! I should have cleaned up and sprayed the subframe, but eh, maybe some other time. 

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(Don’t worry about the missing bolt – I have a replacement. Stock tension rods were seized with the metal bushing, had to cut them out!)

Also got around to replacing my OEM rusty and stripped lug studs with extended ARP studs. Much better! This also allows me to run more negative camber and a slightly larger spacer up front for maximum retardness.

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The last thing I’m waiting for is my Chasebays power steering line/reservoir kit. Should be here this week, if not next! Then I’ll have power steering again, to the front wheels only. Wooh!

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Get out of here ABS & HICAS!

So finally I’ve got all the parts necessary for my HICAS and ABS delete. These parts include:

Non-HICAS complete S13 subframe
Energy Suspension subframe bushings & collars
Godspeed V2 Toe Arms
Godspeed V2 Traction Rods (I know, Godspeed…but they’ll do the job for now!)
Dmax RUCA’s
Ichiba extended studs (F & R)
OEM Nissan non-ABS booster
OEM Nissan non-ABS MC
Brand new OEM Nissan MC reservoir & cap
OEM non-ABS brake lines and fittings

We got around to getting the Non-HICAS subframe completely stripped and ready to get the bushings burned out, but then my torch died. Guess that’s what I get for getting a crappy one. We’re taking it to my buddies shop later this week to get them burnt out!

In the mean time, we got rid of all my ABS crap and installed my non-ABS lines, booster and MC. Cleared up so much space, I’m excited for the outcome! We also removed all the HICAS lines and what not from underneath the car. Needless to say…I will never buy another car with HICAS :l

Unfortunately I lacked on pictures since I was in full work mode, but here’s one I snagged

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Before I tore it apart I had to drive it around one more time and snag some pics. I absolutely love driving this thing…I can’t wait until it has all these new parts and suspension arms installed!

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That’s all for now! I’ll have another update once the subframe swap is complete.